India secured the three-match Test series after winning the second Test at Colombo (SSC) on day 4.
Sri Lanka began the day on their overnight score 209/2 and was bundled out for 386 runs. India won this Test match by an innings and 53 runs.
With this victory, India has taken a 2-0 lead in the ongoing three-match Test series.
Brief Scores: India – 622/9 dec. (Cheteshwar Pujara 133, Ajinkya Rahane 132, Rangana Herath 4/154)
Sri Lanka – 183 (Niroshan Dickwella 51, Angelo Mathews 26, Ravichandran Ashwin 5/69) & 386 (Dimuth Karunaratne 141, Kusal Mendis 110, Ravindra Jadeja 5/152)
Result – India won by an innings and 53 runs
Here are some statistical highlights of Day 4 of the 2nd Test:
- Two Sri Lankan batsmen hit centuries (Dimuth Karunaratne 141, Kusal Mendis 110) during Sri Lanka’s second innings. It was the 11th time when more than one Sri Lankan batsmen hit centuries in a Test innings against India. Last time, more than one Sri Lankan batsmen hit centuries in a Test innings against India was in July 2010 (3 Sri Lankan batsmen hit centuries at Colombo, SSC in the 1st innings of that Test match).
- Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin crossed 100 Test wickets as an opening bowler. At the end of the match, Ashwin has taken 101 Test wickets as an opening bowler. Ashwin became the first spinner to scalp 100 Test wickets as an opening bowler. The next in this list is former Australian off-spinner Hugh Trumble with 93 Test wickets as an opening bowler.
- Indian left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja bowled very well during Sri Lanka’s second innings as his final bowling figure in that innings was 39-5-152-5. It was Jadeja’s 9th 5-wicket haul in his Test career. It was the third most no.of Test 5-wicket haul by an Indian left-arm bowler. The top four list is given below:
|Player||Matches||Innings||Wickets taken||5-wicket haul in an innings|
|Bishan Singh Bedi||67||118||266||14|
- India won this Test match by an innings and 53 runs. It was India’s first ever Test victory by an innings on Sri Lankan soil.
- With this victory in the second Test, India also secured the Test series as they are leading by 2-0 in the three-match Test series. It is India’s 8th consecutive Test series victory which is the third most for any team in the Test series history. The top two in this list are England and Australia who had once won 9 consecutive Test series.
- As an Indian skipper, Virat Kohli has won 4 Test matches including this. It is the most no.of Test matches won by a visiting captain on Sri Lankan soil. The previous record holder was former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting who had won 3 Tests on the Sri Lankan soil.